Congressman Reed: 'I made a mistake'

By Matt Porter

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Tom Reed was responsible for helping to write the nation's tax code.

But the congressman has struggled for years to pay his own taxes on time.

Reed apologized after reports showed in April 2012 he paid $4,200 in property taxes from his campaign war chest. He was also late 38 times on paying his property taxes since 2005.

The congressman missed his tax deadlines 18 times since he took office in 2010.

Reed cited a clerical error in regards to paying his property taxes with campaign cash, and said the incident was immediately reported to the Federal Elections Commission.

He said measures are now in place so he doesn't make the same mistake again.

"Going forward we've made changes to make sure that doesn't happen again," Reed said. "We've got independent verification processes on the check. It clearly was a mistake I made and take responsibility for."

Reed serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which creates a number of legislative policies involving the nation's finances, including the tax code.